All polarized sunglasses are not created equal. Kaenon Essentials’ handcrafted sunnies are clearer, lighter, stronger, and extremely hard to scratch, thanks to their resin-based lenses from a 150-year-old Japanese optics factory. Style standouts include Avalon, Arroyo, and Venice, each in 8+ cool frame and lens color combos.
Sunlight is proven to boost your mood. Now sunglasses can make you happier, too. Twelve styles of SPY+ eyewear feature Happy Boost, an innovation that enhances color without dulling the white balance. It’s the first therapeutic lens tech to let long-wave blue light through while blocking detrimental short-wave blue and UV rays.
Timberland’s Earthkeepers eyewear collection introduces frames that integrate bio-based materials made from renewable castor oil instead of petroleum-based plastics. Temple detailing is inspired by Timberland’s original yellow boot, and sunglasses are polarized with an anti-reflective coating on select styles.
More than basic sunglasses, Helm Tech by SPY+ is an active multitasker. Its Happy Lens tech is designed to boost mood, alertness, color, and contrast, with polycarbonate lenses that follow the curvature of the eye to reduce eyestrain and distortion. Removable side shields and 100% UV protection block out the sun.
Go big and bright or go home. Monolith 50/50 sunglasses by Spy+ Optic deliver bold style in a rainbow of colors. The large, polycarbonate single lens is curved for distortion-free panoramas, while Happy™ lens tech scientifically boosts mood. 100% UV protection reduces sun damage and the frame’s ventilation system reduces fog.
Ombraz solves the biggest gripes about sunglasses: slipping off and breaking. Instead of sidearms, Ombraz uses an adjustable nylon cord that doubles as a lanyard. The lightweight frames have no hinges to bust, and German-engineered optics offer UVA/UVB protection. For every sale, Ombraz plants 20 mangrove trees.
These may look like ordinary sunglasses, but their temples pack tiny speakers, a battery, and a microphone, so they double as headphones. They feature polarized lenses with UVA/UVB protection and offer up to 5 hours of talk and music time via a Bluetooth wireless connection.
Rumpl’s softly padded sunglass case borrows its looks from the brand’s puffy indoor/outdoor blankets. It keeps your glasses scratch-free and has a DWR finish to resist stains and water. It also fits many phones and has a hidden zipper pocket for storing credit cards or your house key.
Shady Rays’ HighRise offers a modern take on a classic sunglass shape. They feature a single-piece lens with UV protection and polarization to reduce glare. They come with black, brown, blue, or rose gold mirror lenses, and include a microfiber pouch. Each order provides 10 meals to those in need, via Feeding America.
No more summer bummers losing shades that sink to the bottom. Rheos Nautical Eyewear collaborated with Southern Tide to create the preppy clothier’s first sunglass collection… and they float. Six frame styles (men, women, unisex) pair with polarized nylon, shatter-resistant lenses that are clearer than glass.
There’s nothing like having your sunglasses break or sink like a rock to spoil outdoor fun. Rheos Gear’s lightweight, shock-resistant sunglasses are polarized, UV-protected lenses that boast the benefits of a glass or polycarbonate lenses without the drawbacks. They float, won’t shatter, and have an anti-fog coating.
Do you enjoy the distinctive color palettes of Wes Anderson’s movies? Live every day like you’re in one with these special color-enhancing sunglasses, which feature a custom filter lens inspired by the cinematography of the director’s films. Now if only they could make everything symmetrical and fastidiously organized.
Performance car expert McLaren is now applying their design and engineering to eyewear. The sleek glasses are made using titanium. Higher-end models are 3D printed from the material, and can be custom printed to fit the wearer’s face. They’ll also offer a new Leica sun lens, with types for driving, skiing, sailing, city life, or golf.
How many times have you been off on an adventure only to realize, “Shoot, I forgot to take a picture!” Snap Spectacles are the solution. These camera glasses remove the barrier between you and your subject so you can snap first-person HD photos and video.
Bose’s Frames are sunglasses that have miniature speakers in their temples, directing sound into their wearer’s ears. You can also use them to take calls and call up voice assistants. Bose will also plans to release an app which delivers contextual audio based on location.
Transition sunglass lenses typically take up to a minute to change from dark to light or vice-versa. But Shutoo Gavazzi’s glasses take only less than 2 seconds to do the same, thanks to their electrochromic lenses. Unfortunately, they’re not available for prescription lenses.
Digital billboards, TVs and computer screens are everywhere. If you want a respite from – or just want to be amazed – check out Ivan Cash’s In Real Life (IRL) Glasses. They use polarized lenses that block LCD and LED screens. Their design is a nod to the sci-fi flick They Live.
Man of Many teamed up with Pacifico Optical to create these sweet round lens unisex frames. Each pair features Carl Zeiss polarized lenses, and sturdy 5-joint rivet hinges. Just 100 of each style are being made, in either Amber or Shiraz. Price on purchase page is in Australian Dollars.
We love the technical look of these aviator-style sunglasses made from real carbon fiber. Unlike most carbon fiber, they’re formulated to have some springiness for comfort. They come with polarized lenses in a couple of different colors, though the blue ones are currently sold out.
The Hilx Unfold are folding sunglasses with spring-loaded hinges. You can unfold them with a flick of your wrist and with just one hand. Their lenses offer UV protection and are resistant to water, dust and scratches, while their frame is made from flexible TR90 plastic.